Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why I love the Church

The best thing by far about the church, is that God dwells there.

There are many other excellent things about the church, but this surpasses them all. Ephesians 2:22 says "In [Christ] you (plural) also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit."
  • The God who revealed himself to his people as Yahweh.
  • The One who was, and who is, and who is to come. God Almighty.
  • God who is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
  • Whose Spirit hovered over the waters in creation, and spoke the universe into being by the word of his power.
  • Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and marked off the heavens with a span.
  • Before whom the nations are as a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales.
  • The One who is worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!
This God dwells with his church. When we gather for worship on Sunday mornings it is not primarily a gathering of believers one with another, but before all else it is a gathering of the Triune God with his people. God speaks to us. We listen, we worship, we are changed.

God dwelt in the Mosaic Tabernacle...

Exodus 40:34-35 - Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

God dwelt in the Solomonic Temple...

I Kings 8:10-11 - And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

God now dwells in his people...

Acts 2:2-4 - And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

Do you not know that God's Spirit dwells in you?

I love being a part of the church.

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